The Evolution of Cordless Nailers
Cordless nailers have gone through a remarkable transformation, with one exception – framing nails. The challenge lies in driving nails over 3″ in length and up to 0.131″ in diameter with enough power. DeWalt, however, has introduced the solution – the 20V max framing nailer, Model DCN692. This powerhouse not only drives nails with ease but also supports nails up to 3.5 inches long.
Unleashing the Power of the DeWalt DCN692
DeWalt offers two models of the 20V Max Framing Nailer: the DCN690, a single-speed nailer, and the DCN692, a two-speed nailer. Both models feature a brushless motor, a critical element for any Li-Ion framing nailer. While the two nailers have different speed settings, they perform similarly in all other aspects.
DeWalt DCN692 Features
The DCN692 20V Max Framing Nailer is equipped with a brushless motor that provides the necessary power and efficiency for driving framing nails. It can accommodate shear head or offset full round head tape staples, aligned at 30 – 34 degrees. With lengths ranging from 2″ to 3-1/2″ and a diameter of 0.113″ to 0.131″, this nailer is versatile. However, building codes may limit the use of trimmed head nails in hurricane and earthquake-prone areas, making the availability of offset full round heads essential.
DeWalt 20V Max Framing Nailer Specifications
- Model: DCN690 (single speed), DCN692 (two speeds)
- Power: DeWalt 20V Max battery
- Ignition Mode: Bump or Sequential
- Nail Length: 2″ – 3-1/2″
- Shank Diameter: 0.113″ – 0.131″
- Nail Finishing Angle Range: 30 – 34 degrees
- Shank Type: Smooth and Ring
- Magazine Capacity: 55 nails
- Weight: 7.8 lbs
- Warranty: 3-year limited, 1-year service agreement, 90-day money back
- Price: $379 (DCN690M1) / $399 (DCN692M1)
Drive Depth Adjustment Made Easy with the DeWalt DCN692
The DeWalt DCN692 20V Max Framing Nailer offers a range of features worth mentioning. Starting with the drive depth adjustment wheel, conveniently positioned near the business end of the tool, it allows for easy thumb control. With 11 positive click positions and visual aids guiding you, adjusting the drive depth becomes effortless.
DeWalt DCN692 Jam Clear: Quick and Hassle-Free
Clearing a jam in the DeWalt DCN692 is a straightforward process. By loosening three screws, two on the nose and one on the base, the magazine is fully released, allowing for easy clearance. Additionally, in case of motor stalling, a top-mounted stall release lever resets the drive cycle. However, it’s important to note that this temporarily disables the tool, requiring the removal and reinsertion of the battery to reset it. The tool also features an illuminating light to indicate a jam or stall.
Firing Modes: Versatility at Your Fingertips
The DeWalt DCN692 provides the option to choose between sequential and collision actions. Although the switch may feel slightly stiff, ensuring no accidental mode changes, it becomes easier with usage. Another feature worth mentioning is the selection of motor speeds. Tucked away behind rafter hooks, the lower speed setting is ideal for 2″ – 3″ nails, while the higher speed setting is perfect for 3-1/4″ – 3-1/2″ nails. Lower speeds maximize battery efficiency when working with smaller pegs, while higher speeds deliver extra power for tougher materials.
Additional Features that Enhance User Experience
The DeWalt DCN692 boasts several user-friendly features. It includes a trigger lock for safety during transport or when not in use. Additionally, a durable and convenient swivel rafter hook adds yet another practical touch. With a wide span, it easily accommodates materials up to 2x the size and can be swiveled to either side.
Performance…wait for it…literally
When it comes to performance, the DeWalt DCN692 shines in three key areas: power, speed, and runtime. It effortlessly drives 2-3/8″ nails, delivering ample strength. At the recommended low-speed setting, the nailer can drive each peg accurately and consistently. Boosting the speed setting allows for precise nail sinking just below the surface of softer materials like pine. However, when it comes to hardwood and LVL, the results may vary.
While the nailer may not match the speed of compressor-driven models, it performs admirably in burst mode. It’s worth noting that the motor requires time to spin the flywheel before each shot, affecting the overall speed. As for runtime, the DeWalt DCN692 proves reliable, delivering over 500 shots on a single charge. However, for optimal battery longevity, it’s recommended not to fully discharge the Li-Ion battery. Professionals may want to consider having a backup battery for uninterrupted usage.
One remarkable aspect of using the DeWalt 20V Max Framing Nailer is the absence of interference. While there might be occasional missed shots during the drive cycle reset, caused by user timing, overall performance remains impressive.
Parting Shot: Choosing the Right Tool for You
The DeWalt 20V Max Framing Nailer offers great functionality, although certain factors may influence its ideal user. One consideration is its weight, as the DCN692 weighs 9.1 lbs, making it heavier than most framing nailers on the market. Additionally, with a limited magazine capacity of 55 nails and a dry fire lock of 7-9 nails, frequent reloading becomes necessary, impacting productivity. Though the bump fire moves at a decent speed, the sequential mode requires waiting for the motor to ramp up, which may slow down work.
For those seeking value, a compressor-driven nailer remains the top choice. However, specific nail types, like 30-degree nails, may be less common and come at a higher price. The prospect of DeWalt redesigning the nailer to accommodate a 21-degree magazine, resulting in a cordless nailer comparable in price to a professional-grade air nailer, greatly improves its overall value and cost per shot.
Ultimately, the DeWalt 20V Max Framing Nailer best suits professional users who require a reliable occasional framing nailer. For professionals engaged in extensive framing work or overhead tasks, lighter-weight compressor-powered or gas-assisted nailers may be more preferable. Nevertheless, with its convenience, reliable performance, and freedom from cumbersome compressors and air cartridges, the DeWalt 20V Max framing nailer is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a cordless framing nailer.